Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Remembering Gene Wilder 1933 - 2016
Actor Gene Wilder, who died Monday at age 83, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for his performance as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He also appeared in many other films, including Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silver Streak (1976) and Stir Crazy (1980).
Wilder was married to his third wife, actress Gilda Radner, from 1984 until her death in 1989 - and he later co-founded Gilda's Club, a support group to raise awareness of cancer. He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Boyer, whom he married in 1991.
Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Gene Wilder's life and career.
He played Bernard in a 1966 CBS adaptation of Death of a Salesman starring Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock, George Segal and James Farentino (he enters at 14:11).
He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' 1968 comedy, The Producers.
He and Donald Sutherland played two sets of identical twins in the 1970 film, Start the Revolution Without Me.
He sang "Pure Imagination" in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
He and Bob Newhart starred in the 1974 ABC movie, Thursday's Game (which was filmed in 1971).
He and Mel Brooks received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Young Frankenstein (1974). He first met Brooks when he appeared in a 1963 Broadway production of Mother Courage and Her Children starring Brooks' girlfriend (and future wife) Anne Bancroft.
He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Silver Streak (1976).
He directed, wrote, produced and starred in the 1977 comedy, The World's Greatest Lover.
He was reunited with his Silver Streak co-star, Richard Pryor, in the 1980 comedy, Stir Crazy (they also appeared together in 1989's See No Evil, Hear No Evil and 1991's Another You).
He and Gilda Radner first met during the filming of the 1982 comedy, Hanky Panky. They also appeared together in 1984's The Woman in Red and 1986's Haunted Honeymoon (he wrote and directed both films).
He starred opposite Hillary Bailey Smith (as his wife) in the 1994-95 NBC sitcom, Something Wilder.
In 2003, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Will's boss, Mr. Stein, on Will & Grace.
In 2005, he was interviewed by TODAY's Katie Couric about his memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art.